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Being Alone: The Pros And Cons Of Living Alone

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Pros And Cons: 6 Ways Living Alone Affects Your Health

What if you’re not a “people person”? To be honest, you long for alone time, and don’t find it the least bit lonely. Solitude isn’t about having an attitude and not liking people; rather, you feel like it’s how and when you feel most comfortable in your own skin. But living alone has both pros and cons; read on to find out more about how going it on your own is beneficial or hazardous to your health.

PROS:

Create your own healthy habits — without habitually taking into account someone else

When living alone, and not sharing your space with anyone else, you don’t need to take into account others’ likes and dislikes, their habits and preferences. For example, eating healthier is easier if you’re not around someone all the time who’s downing doughnuts or gobbling gooey cinnamon buns.

Sleeping easy is a dream come true

Sleeping next to someone could mean your nights might not be as relaxing, restful, and rejuvenating as if you were sleeping alone. Even though you might not feel like you’re waking up during the night because the person next to you is moving around or making noises, your body and mind can be receiving stimuli that stop you from entering a deep sleep, the most important part of the sleep cycle. This stage occurs just before Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, when your brain and body activity dropping to the lowest point. If constant interruptions prevent you from entering this stage of sleep you won’t be as rested when you wake up.

You can truly be yourself. And be selfish, if you so choose

When you live alone, you don’t have to answer to anyone. Compromises are off the table — in fact, you don’t even have to have a table if you don’t want to. Decisions about everything from decorating to eating to streaming are all your domain because no one else is living in your domicile.

CONS:

Everything is up to you, which can be a downer

Living alone means you don’t have anyone else to rely on when it comes to household tasks, getting a ride to a medical procedure, or shoveling snow. Handling everything yourself can bring on physical stresses and challenges that, over time, could take a toll on your body and your health.

Your privacy is secure, but you could be less safe

Sure, living alone affords you a great deal of privacy, but it can expose you to a higher level of risk. There’s no one to call for help if you experience a serious medical problem, and should an intruder enter the premises you’ll be on your own when it comes to defending yourself and your home.

Too much isolation can lead to depression

It starts out all well and good: You don’t need to think of anyone else, their rules, their needs, their noise. Nope, it’s all about you. But ‘all about you’ can end up making you feel blue. Living alone means there’s no one to talk with about your day, no one to binge watch that favorite show with, no one who’ll about the delicious meal you’ve prepared. You just might find that me, myself, and I is just a little too much “me time.”

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Sandra Murphy

Sandra Murphy

Holds a master's degree in professional writing and has more than 15 years of experience writing for national and international entities.

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